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[The winners of the Century of Progress Opera Contest. Zeta Newell, from Oak Park, IL., is on the left, and Mr. Frank Jakavicius, of Chicago, is to her right. The Opera contest was held at the Lagoon Theater, and the winners received a contract with the Opera company which opened in Chicago later that year.]
[View of the Enchanted Island exhibit under construction in preparation for the Chicago World's Fair. Enchanted Island was built between the lagoon and Lake Michigan, and included a mountainside slide, a fairy castle, a mechanical zoo, a miniature railroad, and a theater, among other exhibits. This photo was taken in January of 1933.]
'The grand champions of the square dance. Sylvia Riley, 16, 3342 Oketo Avenue and Steve Horvath, 18, 3311 Pontiac Avenue were adjudged the best team of two in the National Square Dance Contest finals at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress, Sunday. Both, in addition to winning the individual prize, were members of the team of eight that captured second place in that division. The contest, which has been running for a week, was for $1500 in cash in merchandise prizes. It was sponsored by the Reliance Manufacturing Company."
"Amid all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood premiere, the first international preview of a motion picture was held in the Lagoon theater at the World's Fair. the above picture shows a part of the crowd who witnessed the first showing of 'Our Daily Bread,' King Vidor's latest picture based on the back-to-the-land movement."
"As Wiley Post, intrepid air ace, received the Harmon trophy for his record 7-day flight around the world in 1933. The presentation was made before thousands of World's Fair visitors in the Science Theater yesterday. (Friday, August 24th). Left to right are: Governor Horner of Illinois, L.P. Bonfouy, Post, Col. C.W. Kerwood, president of the League Internationale des aviateurs; Maj. James H. Doolittle, a former winner of the trophy; Col. Lafeton Whitney, president of the Chicago chapter, National Aeronautical Association, and Father James Organisciak, the 'Flying Priest,' who will represent the N.A.A. at the Gordon Bennett balloon races in Warsaw, Poland, next month."
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'Trestle Mike' and 'Skyscraper Sally' guarding the entrance to the playground area and picnic ground east of the theater."
"Grace Moore, star of opera, screen, and radio, sounding her 'ah' for Ruth Gordon, actress of fame, on stage of the Globe Theater in Merrie England, while they were visiting the World's Fair [on] Labor Day. Miss Moore [is] on her way from Los Angeles to New York to give a performance."
"Here are shown the two ten ton Frigidaire condensing units which provide a change of air every two minutes in the Electric Light and Power Industry's puppet theater on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair. The complete process of the air-cooling unit in operation is also on display at the exhibit."
"Patricia Marquam, Fair beauty queen, and Phil Baker, Armour's star jester on the radio, see and hear each other over the very latest in two-way telephone-television at the Television theater in the Electrical building at the new World's Fair in Chicago. This picture shows the manner in which the phone booths are equipped and the image each saw. Patricia has just interrupted one of Phil's jokes with a merry quip of her own which, as can be seen, beings a broad grin to Phil's face."
"This is the way it looks from behind. Warren Ashe, Miss Gladys Griswold and John Kane of the Milky Way Company at the Court theater inspecting the television apparatus at the Television Exhibition showing at the second floor of the Electrical Building, Northerly Island, A Century of Progress."
"Three new musical instruments, an electrical violin, a clavier, and an electrical guitar, attract much comment from spectators at the outdoor science theater in the court of the Hall of Science at the World's Fair. The instruments are the invention of Lloyd Loar, lecturer on the physics of music at Northwestern University, who is seated at the clavier. The other musicians are Charles Stein (left) and Ruth Brenner (right). The instruments produce an electrical current which is amplified and converted into sound by the loudspeaker shown in the picture."
"Two hundred homing pigeons, released from the stage of the Lagoon Theater, were an effective part of the opening day ceremonies at the new World's Fair in Chicago, Saturday, May 26th. Fifty flew in each of the four directions, carrying the message of A Century of Progress to the world."
"Victor Clement, of the Dutch Village and Miss Daisy Fisher of 1360 ½ Estes Avenue, two of the entrants in the Grand Opera Contest, who appeared last night in the first preliminary held at the Lagoon Theater. Preliminaries will be held every night this week and the finals on Saturday night. A Contract with the Grand opera Company will be awarded to the winning man and woman."
"Winners in the Grand Opera Contest which was held at the Lagoon Theater at a Century of Progress, being congratulated by the judges of the contest. Left to right: Karlton Hackett, judge, Margery Maxwell, judge, Paul Longore, judge, Mrs. Zita Newell, Oak Park, winner in the woman's class and Frank Jakavicius, Chicago, winner in the men's class. Both of the winners will receive contracts with the opera."
"Youth and beauty both trying for an opportunity to win a contract with the opera in the Grand Opera contest that is being held at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress. The finals will be held tomorrow night and the winning man and woman will receive a contract with the opera. Left is Wilbert Liebling, 13, 1313 South Kedzie Ave., and Margaret Terrell Whiteman, 401 Fullerton Parkway."
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